Five Almajiri student returned to Kaduna from Kano have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Last week, governors in northern states agreed to ban the #almajiri system as part of efforts to curb the spread of
COVID-19. #almajiri is a form of education that requires young children to be sent far away from their homes to
The governors agreed to evacuate the children back to their parents or states of origin to minimize
their exposure to the disease that has infected over 3 million people across the world.
The Kaduna State Ministry of Health announced on Monday, April 27, 2020 that five of the almajiri children
sent to the state from Kano were infected.
“The new cases are among almajirai who were recently repatriated from Kano.
Contacts of the new cases are being traced so that they can be monitored and tested if they meet the case definition.
The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said. The kids have have been moved
to the Infectious Diseases Control Centre.
“The Ministry of Health wishes to remind the general public of the importance of hand-washing, personal
hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings in helping protect us all from Covid-19.
It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives,” the commissioner said.
The commissioner noted that the state’s testing capacity has improved with two labs accredited by the
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct COVID-19 tests.
Kano has recorded a total of 77 coronavirus cases, the third highest in Nigeria, behind Lagos (731) and the
Federal Capital Territory (141).
Five Almajiri student- Source- Pulse247